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Hajj

 

The pilgrimage , Hajj, occurs from the 8th to 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah,
the 12th and last month of the Islamic calendar.
"Hajj" means literally "to set out for a place". For a Muslim, that place is the Holy City of Makkah.

Dhu al-Hijjah is the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.
This is a very sacred month in the Islamic calendar, marking the end of the year.
It is in this month in which the Hajj (pilgrimage) takes place. 

 

Pilgrims

"Dhu al-Hijjah" literally means "Possessor of the Pilgrimage." It is during this month that pilgrims from all around the world congregate at Mecca to visit the Kaaba. The Hajj is performed on the eighth, ninth and the tenth of this month.
Day of Arafa takes place on the ninth of the month (9 Dhu al-Hijjah )
Eid al-Adha, the "Festival of the Sacrifice", begins on the tenth day
and ends on the thirteenth (10 - 13 Dhu al-Hijjah)



Masjid al Haram Makkah

Masjid al Haram
Makkah

Pilgrims join processions of hundreds of thousands of people, who simultaneously converge on Mecca for the week of the Hajj, and perform a series of rituals: Each person walks counter-clockwise seven times around the Kaaba, the cube-shaped building which acts as the Muslim direction of prayer.

The Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the largest pilgrimage in the world, and is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to God (Allah in the Arabic language).
Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, eleven days shorter than the Gregorian calendar used in the Western world, the Gregorian date of the Hajj changes from year to year.


During the Hajj, male pilgrims are required to dress only in the ihram, a garment consisting of two sheets of white unhemmed cloth, with the top draped over the torso and the bottom secured by a white sash; plus a pair of sandals. Women are simply required to maintain their hijab - normal modest dress, which does not cover the hands or face.
The Ihram is meant to show equality of all pilgrims , in front of God: there is no difference between a prince and a pauper. Ihram is also symbolic for holy virtue and pardon from all past sins. A place designated for changing into Ihram is called a miqat .
While wearing the Ihram, a pilgrim may not shave, clip their nails, wear perfume, swear or quarrel, have sexual relations, uproot or damage plants, cover the head [for men] or the face and hands [for women], marry, wear shoes over the ankles, perform any dishonest acts or carry weapons.

 

 

Calendar


Hajj
Eid Mouloud
Mawlid an Nabi
Eid al Adha
Eid el Kebir

External links

Hajj
Wiki

Minisrty of Hajj
The Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia

Hijra (Islam)

Mecca

Ihram

Lunar calendar
Wiki

Islamic New Year

Hijra

Dhu al-Hijjah